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At the Iowa ISDTA High School State Dance Championship Dec. 6 in Des Moines, Western Dubuque claimed first place in with its Class VII Hip Hop performance and two seconds, in pom and lyrical.

Beckman’s dance team placed fourth in Class IV Hip Hop and sixth in Class VII Pom at the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association’s state championship in Des Moines, Dec. 5.

Holding your opponent to a single point in the entire first quarter is a definite map to victory. The Beckman boys did that, Dec. 3, at home, and defeated Benton Community in their WaMaC opener, 54-25.

Beckman’s girls’ basketball team evened its early WaMaC Conference record to 1-1 with a heart-breaking, 50-48, loss at Benton Community Dec. 3.

A quad meet Dec. 5 at Center Point-Urbana resulted in three wins for the Beckman wrestlers, opening their WaMaC Conference season on a strong note.

Western Dubuque’s girls basketball team saw a lot of maroon last week, grabbing a 46-24 win at Mount Vernon, Dec. 2, before dropping a home contest with Waterloo West, 72-34, at home, Dec. 6.

Garrett Baumhover scored 15 and Dylan Johnson added 10 to lead the Western Dubuque boys’ basketball team to a 43-30 victory over West Delaware in the Bobcats’ season opener in Epworth Dec. 2. A free throw making shortage hurt the Bobcats in their 57-55 final minute loss to Decorah in Epworth…

After having one of their highest averages in team history last year, the Western Dubuque girls’ bowling team came into this season looking to build on that number.

Western Dubuque boys’ bowling had a team average of 3,011 in 2018-2019 and they looked to carry that over in their first meet of the year Dec. 6 against Waterloo West. The Bobcats kicked off their season with a 3,004-2,847 win.

The Western Dubuque wrestling team might have stumbled in losing its first team dual of the season, a 45-28 decision to Cedar Falls, Dec. 5 in Epworth, but the Bobcats rebounded nicely as they won the 10-team Black Hawk Invitational held at South Wayne, Wis., Dec. 7.

The competition gymnastics team from Almost Famous Dance and Gymnastics (AFDG) opened the season Nov. 17 at the USTA Power Tumbling Meet in Oskaloosa.

Fifteen gymnasts from the Moser School of Dance and Gymnastics earned first-place trophies at the USTA Power Tumbling Meet in Oskaloosa, Nov. 17. There were 12 teams entered with 210 athletes competing throughout the day.

The Maquoketa Valley boys’ basketball team started its season off strong, Dec. 6, against Prince of Peace with a 42-41 Tri-Rivers Conference win.

Maquoketa Valley’s girls’ basketball team improved to 4-0 last week with victories over Prince of Peace and Monticello.

Maquoketa Valley’s wrestling team opened the season at Jesup, Dec. 3, and fell to both the home team, 49-24, and South Winneshiek 50-24.

The much-deserved awards continue to come the way of the talented and dedicated players on the Western Dubuque football team. Five players from the Class 3A state championship team were named to the 2019 Iowa Print Sports Writers Association all-state football teams.

Five area volleyball players were named to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association’s All-State Volleyball teams in their respective classes.

Beckman’s dance team is gearing up for its trip to Des Moines Thursday, Dec. 5 for the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association’s state championships.

Members of the Western Dubuque dance team are putting the finishing touches on their state entries for the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association’s state championships, Friday, Dec. 6, in Des Moines.

Maquoketa Valley will compete at the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association’s 44th annual state competition, Thursday, Dec. 5, at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.

After guiding Western Dubuque to an undefeated district and state championship season, Justin Penner and his staff were named the Class 3A, District 4 Coach of the Year. Additionally, Calvin Harris was named the district Offensive Player of the Year. Harris, Dustin Wille, Will Burds, Jake Ho…

Maquoketa Valley had 12 football players earn all-district honors in Class A, District 5. Trent Koopman, AJ Ambundo, Michael Feldmann, Parker Sternhagen and Andrew Kloser all earned spots on the first team. Derek Becker, Carter Stahlberg, Carter Kruse, Zach Digman and Owen Mensen were second…

Ten members of the Beckman football team were recently recognized after the Blazers’ fourth-place finish in Class 1A, District 4. Sean Kluesner, Trent Koelker, Owen Huehnergarth and Riley Fangman were first-team all-district honorees. Nick Offerman, Jacob Sadler and Tom Jaeger were named to …

One way for the Blazers and Bobcats to meet on the basketball floor now that they are in different conferences is a fundraising scrimmage. Such was the Hall of Pride event Nov. 25 at Beckman for both boys and girls.

It’s a new Maquoketa Valley girls basketball team on the floor this year, but the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Early in the season, Western Dubuque volleyball coach Megan Scherrman hinted that her young team of Bobcats should not be taken lightly. Even though the starting rotation was made up of two seniors, a junior, three sophomores and two freshmen, Scherrman said that these girls were the real de…

During a season of ups and downs, Maquoketa Valley football saw growth in many ways despite having a record of 3-6 on the year. One of the biggest factors of growth for this team was accepting new head coach Trevor Arnold, which they did with open arms.

“This group picked up where groups before them have gone and helped raise the bar for Beckman volleyball,” a reflective head coach Todd Troutman said.

Football is a game of adjustments, basically like any other team sport, and the Beckman football team did what they needed to do when forced to make those adjustments this year.

One thing the Western Dubuque wrestling program doesn’t have to worry about is being able to fill a lineup card. With eight starters coming back, 20 returning lettermen and almost 60 athletes showing up for practice every day, there is no shortage of Bobcats looking to don the black and red …

Members of the Western Dubuque boys’ basketball team are approaching this season with a focus on what’s ahead. It’s all about this season and what each player can do to make themselves better to help this basketball team become the best team it can be..

Western Dubuque enters its second year in the rugged Mississippi Valley Conference with a core group of four returners but will be looking for a host of newcomers to contribute during the 2019-20 season.

Over the last decade, Al Heiberger and Richard Specht have been at the helm of the Western Dubuque boys’ bowling program, producing three state championships, several individual place finishers and countless years dedicated to the team. Now a new face has taken over.

A conference record of 12-5 last season and the return of four senior starters gives Beckman basketball coach Michael Molony good feelings about the season to come.

Six returning letterwinners will key the Beckman girls as they take to the basketball court this season. Those six will hope to lead the Blazers to another winning record in the WaMaC.

After posting a 12-8 overall record last year and finishing second in the district, the Beckman wrestling team is looking to tap that potential this season.

A trip to Independence Nov. 26 opened the Beckman girls’ WaMaC Conference basketball season with a win, 57-24.

Western Dubuque’s football team no longer has unfinished business to take care of — now that they have a banner and a Class 3A State Championship trophy.

In his first year as head coach for the Maquoketa Valley wrestling program, Kurt Hatfield will look to have a great first season with the 11 wrestlers the Wildcats have this year.

In his 14th year as head coach, Scot Moenck will look this year to improve on last year’s 20-3 record for the Maquoketa Valley girls’ basketball team.

Fourth-year coach Eric Conner is excited about this new season of Maquoketa Valley boys’ basketball to start.

The girls’ bowling team at Western Dubuque High School is coming off a successful 2018-19. But that year, in which it had one of its highest team averages ever, finished with a disappointing outing at the state-qualifying meet in Decorah.

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Western Dubuque’s boys cross country team had a solid season in 2019 as the Bobcats won some invitationals and sent an individual to the Class 4A State Meet.

Brandy Whittenbaugh was named the West Division Coach of the Year in the River Valley Conference after she guided the Maquoketa Valley Wildcats to a Tri-Rivers Conference West Division title.

Five members of the Western Dubuque volleyball team were named to the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Mississippi Division team. Madison Maahs, Meredith Bahl and Maddie Harris, all sophomores, garnered spots on the second team. Freshman Ella Meyer and senior Kaylee Elgin were named honorable…

With a fifth-place team finish at the Class 1A State Cross Country meet for the boys and a girl in the individual field, the Maquoketa Valley Cross country program can only say, “What a year.”

Five members of the Beckman volleyball team were named to the East Division all-conference team for the WaMaC. Jada Wills, a senior, earned distinction on the first team. Paige McDermott, a senior, and Kiersten Schmitt, a sophomore, grabbed second-team honors. Senior Ashley Engelken and soph…